Despite the fact that Venom is set to hit theaters in October, details surrounding Sony’s first Spider-Man offshoot have remained sparse — including Woody Harrelson’s role in the film. But while the actor can’t openly discuss his role, he did confirm he’s in the film, albeit probably not as much as fans expect.
In a new interview with Collider for the home release of his film, Lost in London, Harrelson briefly discussed why he signed on for Venom and what fans can expect from his involvement. According to the actor, he’s only in a “little fraction” of the film with the expectation that he’ll return in a larger capacity for the sequel. And as for those rumors that he’s playing Carnage? Well, Harrelson remained tight-lipped, refusing to confirm much of anything.
When discussing what led to him signing on for Venom, Harrelson had two very simply explanations: Ruben Fleischer and Tom Hardy. Having worked with Fleischer on Zombieland, Harrelson had already developed a working relationship with the director, so the decision to re-team with him on this film played a big part in his decision. “Well, you know, Ruben Fleischer did Zombieland, directed it, so that was a big part of it,” he explained. “And also, Tom Hardy, I really respect and think he’s one of the great actors. So that, coupled with what is a really wonderful script, I felt like I kind of should, you know?”
Still, the role is a bit of a “roll of the dice” for Harrelson as his role in the first film is minimal, and despite knowing he’ll return for a potential sequel, he hasn’t read a script of what’s to come. “Roll of the dice, because I’m just … I’m in a little fraction of this movie, but I’ll be in the next one, you know? So I haven’t read that script, but anyways, just rolled the dice.”
Interestingly enough, Harrelson’s comments suggesting his role in Venom is very minor do line up with an earlier report from That Hashtag Show that indicated Carnage would show up near the end of the film — perhaps even in a post credit scene. If this is, in fact, the case, it would make sense as to why the actor is choosing to remain quiet as to not spoil anything for the fans.
Arriving in theaters on October 5, Venom is directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and stars Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, Scott Haze, and Reed Scott.
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